1. Welcome to the Muppet Central Forum!
    You are viewing our forum as a guest. Join our free community to post topics and start private conversations. Please contact us if you need help with registration or your account login.

  2. Sesame Street Season 48
    Sesame Street's 48th season officially began Monday August 6 on PBS. After you see the new episodes, post here and let us know your thoughts.

    Dismiss Notice

Quick question on the mouth plates......

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Animal31, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    I was even considering some of the $9.00 car mats from Walmart or K-Mart...........
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well... then I guess we can't complain too much then, huh?
    It's not really a good idea to make one palette and fold it... it's better to have two palettes - a top and a bottom, and when you fabricate it, let the fabric serve as the crease.

    Ain't that the truth? Gee whiz, it's like all of the sudden every single grocery store in town has updated themselves, and ever since they did, there's tons of items in particular that I like that they don't carry anymore... it really sucks.
  3. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    [It's not really a good idea to make one palette and fold it... it's better to have two palettes - a top and a bottom, and when you fabricate it, let the fabric serve as the crease.

    Sorry, my mistake, when I said fold it I meant I was experimenting with "frown' faces, not folding it as a one piece palette...
  4. SesameKermie

    SesameKermie Well-Known Member

    I haven't tried it, but you might look at using craft foam, or "Foamies" as they're known here in the US, as a replacement. I think it might be a sheet of L200 foam, but I wouldn't swear to it. They come in various pre-cut shapes and sheets in various thicknesses, dimensions, and colors. I think they're made by Darice: www.darice.com.
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I got through explaining earlier that I experimented with using that for palettes, and found the results to leave much to be desired - ait doesn't hold shape very well, after a few scrunches and smirks, the head starts to lose shape, and the puppet looked like it was in a permanent sneer.
  6. SesameKermie

    SesameKermie Well-Known Member

    Ahhh... thanks for the heads up. that'll teach me to post before I read the whole thread ;):p
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    My thinking is that the foam has no natural spring to it like rubber does... even though I've never used gasket rubber before, I imagine that it would easily spring back into shape after being scrunched up.
  8. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Well-Known Member

    does anyone have any pictures of building a mouth plate with rubber gaskets? No one replied to my post... I thought builders were using the rings, then i found sheets... but once again it seems as if you all are talking about the rings. So, which is it? But yes if anyone has pics, that would be great. I didn't see any when i tried googling for em.
  9. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    If you go to Lowes' website and look under "Red Rubber" it comes up, I bought some last night at the one by my house. It's small sheets about 6" by 6", with widths of 1/8 or 3/16, but just right for a sock puppet style mouth.....
  10. spcglider

    spcglider Well-Known Member

    I am pretty certain nobody is talking about the rings. Unless, of course, someone has developed a NEW mouth palette design!
  11. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Most builders use sheets of gasket rubber. Gasket rubber is used to make, well, gaskets. It's hard to find because almost nobody makes their own gaskets anymore. The exception seems to be Mexico...when I lived in Tampico they had a store downtown that sold nothing but gasket rubber!

    The 6 inch squares are pretty common. You can find larger sheets too, but they tend to be expensive and they are priced according to weight. Your best bet for finding it is a smaller, independent hardware stores (as was mentioned above) or some high-end automotive shops.
  12. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Well-Known Member

    thanks for the replies. i'll have to whip together a qucik puppet and try out the gasket rubber.

    Thnx again!

    Now, are you folding this or connected 2 sheets? I'd assume connected 2 sheets, but its safer to ask
  13. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Well-Known Member

  14. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    Is the contact cement the stuff I had seen someone using on a youtube video where the cap had a brush attached to it to spread it?

    Where would I find that?
  15. Jeff Bragg

    Jeff Bragg New Member

    As an aside, I believe Cookie's mouthplate is made from basketball rubber.

Share This Page